CCDC gobbles up taxpayer dollars, disperses to housing developers

Lindsay Atkinson Articles

Last month, I found that housing developments funded by the city of Boise’s Downtown Housing Incentive Program are also funded by the city’s urban renewal agency, the Capital City Development Corporation (CCDC). However, recently, I was struck by just how much tax money CCDC gives to private housing developers, masking those funds as being for the public good. In reality, …

Two city-run golf courses, two very different stories

Lindsay Atkinson Articles

The city of Boise owns not one, but two golf courses: Quail Hollow and Warm Springs. Over the past five years, these two golf courses have told two very different stories. Quail Hollow has run a cumulative loss and Warm Springs has run a cumulative profit. In both cases, entry onto the golf course has been similar in price or …

Sniffed out: City of Boise acting as a real estate business

Lindsay Atkinson Articles

Recently, there was much attention paid to the Boise City Council’s decision to relocate The Cabin, a historic city-owned structure, which houses a nonprofit by the same name. The attention will most likely continue for months, as the council decided to move The Cabin, but has yet to decide where. For this situation overall, a simple question lingers: Why are …

IFF & Blue Valley Residents: Gateway East approval would lead to a loss of affordable housing

Lindsay Atkinson Articles

Boise, ID—Residents of the Blue Valley manufactured home park are concerned that they may lose their affordable housing, at a time when there is a housing crisis unfolding in the city of Boise. On December 11, city council will consider the creation of the Gateway East urban renewal district. This proposed district would encompass over 3,000 acres, including the land …

Sniffed out: Boise’s downtown housing incentive program adds to generous subsidies for developers

Lindsay Atkinson Articles, Uncategorized

To spur the creation of housing, the Boise City Council established the Downtown Housing Incentive Program on March 3, 2015. In 2017, the first funding was approved for three housing developments in the downtown area: The Afton 1, The Watercooler, and The Fowler. The problem with this incentive program is: Many other subsidies already exist to incentivize development. The Downtown …